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by Allison Meier on February 14, 2014

Nancy Holt's "Sun Tunnels" in Utah (photograph by Retis, via Flickr)

Nancy Holt’s “Sun Tunnels” in Utah (photograph by Retis, via Flickr)

Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world.

Even more Nazi looted art — some 60 paintings hidden in Salzburg and including work by Picasso, Monet, and Renoir — were discovered as part of the horde of works kept by Hildebrand Gurlitt in Germany.

Meanwhile, Germany has announced that it’s creating an independent center that will be aimed at examining museums for additional looted art.

After outcry that removing a Picasso tapestry from a wall of the Four Seasons Restaurant in Manhattan would irreparably damage it, a New York State Supreme Court judge has placed an injunction on it being moved.

As the Art Newspaper reports, the second Kiev Biennale won’t be held until 2015. The postponement is in response to the political unrest in Ukraine, organizers stated.

On Thursday, President Obama announced that he plans to nominate Dr. Jane Chu, President and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artistic Director of the Young Vic theater in London David Lan has been brought on as a temporary artistic director to guide the performing arts center at the World Trade Center site.

Land art innovator Nancy Holt — best-known for her concrete Sun Tunnels that line up on the solstices in the Utah desert, and was significantly the only woman in land art to get major recognition as one of its pioneers  — died at the age of 75.  The next alignment at the Sun Tunnels will be Saturday, June 21. [Sunrise 5:56 AM, Sunset 9:02 PM, coordinates 41°18’12.64″N 113°51’49.62″W]

Hudson, an artist and art dealer who started Feature Inc. gallery on the Lower East Side, died at the age of 63.

Stuart Hall, a cultural theorist who started the New Left Review and was part of the influential Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies at Birmingham University, died at the age of 82.

Salvation Mountain (photograph by Peter Woodman, via Flickr)

Salvation Mountain (photograph by Peter Woodman, via Flickr)

Leonard Knight, who created the Salvation Mountain visionary art monument in California, died at the age of 82.

Children’s book illustrator Erik Blegvad, who worked on over 100 books included Bed-Knob and Broomstickdied at the age of 90.

Derek Blasberg, Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s Bazaar, V magazine, and VMAN, has joined Gagosian Gallery. Although the position has not been announced, Larry Gagosian stated: “I think he will make a valuable contribution [to the gallery].”

Scott Stulen was named the first Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Since 2008, he’s been at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis focusing on museum programming.

At the Museum of Modern Art, Fiona Romeo — former head of design and digital media at Royal Museums Greenwich, London — was named as the first Director of Digital Content and Strategy.

Massoud Saidpour is departing the Cleveland Museum of Art where he has served as the curator of performing arts and music for 17 years.

A plan to build a 1,424 cantilevered skyscraper that would loom above the Art Students League in Midtown Manhattan was passed.

Following a meeting of the Landmarks Preservation Commission, alterations were made to a plan to build a hotel next to the Merchant’s House Museum in Manhattan’s East Village that some believed would damage the 182-year-old building.

Frieze Projects is having a call for entries for the new Frieze Artist Award, open to artists between the ages of 25 and 40 in the UK and abroad to propose site-specific work for Frieze London 2014.

The Louvre announced that it will be cutting back on its free Sundays.

Charles Le Brun’s “A Portrait of Everhard Jabach and family” from 1659, currently under an export ban from the UK, was revealed to have been folded to fit in the home of its previous owners.

A recreation of composer Charles Ives’s studio will open this March at the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

A sinkhole under the National Corvette Museum consumed eight cars.

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